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A Crime in a Mississippi Motel and Old School Shakespeare: The Best in Theater

Friday, November 15, 2013

This season, there are plenty of new plays — and plenty of re-imagined classics. Our critics take a look at what to see now.

Twelfth Night, a comedy by Shakespeare about a princess who goes from mournful to boy crazy, done really old-school, is a favorite.  As is The Jacksonian, a new play about an ugly divorce that features Ed Harris and takes place in a motel in Jackson, Miss. And both our critics are looking forward to Macbeth at Lincoln Center.

New York Daily News theater critic Joe Dziemianowicz and Jennifer Vanasco, a theater critic and an editor in WNYC's newsroom, offer this list of the best things to see.  

Dziemianowicz recommends:

The Jacksonian - By Beth Henley, directed by Robert Falls, at the Acorn Theatre through Dec. 22.

Regular Singing - Written and Directed by Richard Nelson, at The Public Theater through Dec. 15

Vanasco recommends:

Twelfth Night - Written by William Shakespeare, directed by Tim Carroll, at the Belasco Theatre.

Souvenir - Written and performed by Bush Moukarzel, directed by Ben Kidd. At Abrons Arts Center through November 23rd.

They are both looking forward to:

Macbeth - Written by William Shakespeare, directed by Jack O’Brien, at Lincoln Center Theater.

 

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Comments [1]

Ben from NYC

The two critics on your segment today stated that classical theater lacks any draw for the modern audience save for some director's new "concept," as we already know the plot and ending of the play. As a NYC actor and as a reasonably well educated person, I cannot begin to express how ignorant and trite that statement seems. The intrinsic value of live theater has always been that it IS live...that it is by nature a completely unique shared experience every night. Setting aside the larger argument about the value of Shakespeare beyond just its plot line...This basic concept of what theater is seems
to have escaped the "critics."

Nov. 15 2013 12:09 PM

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